DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

I am writing you because it seems as though I am suffering from the Dark Night of the Soul. I feel as though my spirit is broken and I feel emotionally disconnected from things as the days wear on. What books do you recommend for that ailment?
Yours, 
Benighted
Dear Benighted,
We fear you may well have depression, in which case we urge you to seek medical help. However, we do have some excellent books up our sleeve which can help. One of our favourites is Milan Kundera’s the Unbearable Lightness of Being, which is a book with many layers, with great extremes of happiness and sadness, but is one which many people who have experienced severe darkness, have found much solace in, recognising their own feelings within the experiences of Tomas and Tereza. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is similarly one where you will recognise your feelings, and it is a surprisingly funny book. In The Novel Cure we have an entry on depression which mentions a handful of books- have a look. But also read “Reasons to Stay Alive” by Matt Haig, his own non fiction exploration of depression, which really does give you positive thoughts about existence. If you would rather stick entirely to fiction, read Matt Haig’s The Humans, which embeds many of the nuggets of wisdom found in Reasons to Stay Alive, in a highly readable, uplifting, and wise novel.
Yours,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
The Humans by Matt Haig
  • i thinks so which embeds many of the nuggets of wisdom found in Reasons to Stay Alive, in a highly readable, uplifting, and wise novel.
    Yours,

    By toyota gia tot on 28 Sep 2017
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    By Chevrolet Spark duo on 02 Oct 2017

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